OCEAN CITY. — OCEAN CITY -- Carroll County Farm Bureau members were contenders for an overall achievement award from the Maryland Farm Bureau this yearbut lost to Anne Arundel County.
The Carroll group, which has 1,330 members, won the Award of Excellence at the annual Farm Bureau convention last year. The award is based on achievement in eight categories.
The Maryland Farm Bureau, a private, non-profit group, is the state's largest agricultural organization. It represents 14,000 familiesand is active in lobbying state legislators.
Frederick, Washington, Harford, Charles and Queen Anne's counties also competed for the award this year. Each county had high marks in the eight categories.
The Anne Arundel women's group also won top honors as the Outstanding County Farm Bureau Women's Group this year. Carroll won the award in 1990.
The awards were presented last night at a banquet at the 76th annual Maryland Farm Bureau convention at the Sheraton Ocean City Resort and Conference Center here.
About 25 farmers from Carroll attended the conference, which began Sunday afternoon and ends today.
Margaret Schneider of Sykesville, chairwoman of the Carroll women's group, was elected Monday to statewide office.
Representing District 2 -- which includes Carroll, Howard and Montgomery counties --in the women's group, she will serve a two-year term.
Today, C. William Knill, past president of the Carroll Farm Bureau and a Mount Airy dairy farmer, will make a bid for a second term as statewide vicepresident. He was elected to a one-year term at last year's convention.
At the banquet last night, Carroll County received eight Gold Star awards for excellence in Farm Bureau programs.
The heads of the program committees were:
* Membership and national affairr -- Daniel Wilhide.
* Service to members -- Edmund Dutterer.
* Women -- Margaret Schneider.
* Young farmers -- David Fleming.
* Information -- Jean Knill.
* Discussion groups -- John Mike Myers.
* Public affairs -- Gary Brauning II.
The Frederick County YoungFarmer group took top honors for its activities this year. The group, for farmers ages 18 to 35, donated $500 worth of equipment to a hospital, helped needy families, promoted recycling efforts and sponsored a safety seminar for children.